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A guide to weekend spa breaks in Essex

Take a break from the hectic city life and escape to one of the many spas in the rolling green countryside of Essex, located only a short drive or train ride from London. Many of the day spas and resort spas in the region offer spa packages and whether you are looking for cheap spas or a luxury spa, you'll be sure to find a spa deal to suit you.

Luxury spa resorts

Greenwoods hotel Set in an elegant 17th century manor house with extensive gardens, Greenwoods Hotel is a beautiful place to relax and unwind, and the staff are famous for their hospitality. The hotel has a 20-metre lap pool, a sauna, steam rooms and a jacuzzi. Residential packages including spa treatments, accommodation and meals are available. It is located in the village of Stock, near Chelmsford. Lifehouse spa resort The Lifehouse is a relatively new health spa, offering guests a modern spa experience offering not only spa treatments, but life coaching, holistic therapies, and weight loss programs individually tailored for every guest. Facilities include an 89-room hotel, hydro pool, salt room, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, plunge pool and steam room. The hotel is located in historic Thorpe Hall and has 130 acres of historic grounds. The hotel has a meet and greet service from Thorpe Le Soken station and valet car parking.

Good value spas

Five Lakes Hotel Golf Country club and spa Set within 320 acres of picturesque grounds, the Five Lakes Hotel is one of the largest leisure and spa complexes in the South East. Guests can choose from their extensive range of Clarins and ESPA treatments, and between treatments can relax beside the swimming pool, or with a game of tennis, golf or squash. They have a range of spa deals including 'Mother-To-Be' pampering, Hen's Nights, and 'Spa & Comedy' packages, which include tickets to the on-site Comedy Club. Located in Tolleshunt Knights, Essex. Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre For those on a budget, the Fullwell day hotel offers a four-hour day spa option, including their wellness Thermal spa experience of six different heated pools, followed by a facial or a massage. It is located at Fullwell Redbridge. Spa gift vouchers are available. You'll return from your beauty and spa holiday relaxed, and rejuvenated in body and spirit.

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